Flyers 4, Maples Leafs 2 post-game: This one will count

Updated: October 29, 2017 at 12:23 am by Brady Trettenero

The Philadelphia Flyers got back to their winning ways with an all-around solid effort against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The team did lose Shayne Gostisbehere to an upper-body injury in the second period, but Brandon Manning, Jakub Voracek, Valtteri Filppula and Claude Giroux all scored for the Flyers in a fulfilling 4-2 victory.

Brian Elliott made 28 saves in his return to the cage, while the Flyers improved to 5-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.

Highlights

Auston Matthews did Auston Matthews things to open the scoring in the first period. Ivan Provorov was beat by the superstar to the outside and he made a perfect cross-ice pass to Kadri. Provorov may have got beat, but it was his defense partner Shayne Gostisbehere who was caught up-ice and couldn’t get back to pick up his man Kadri.

The Flyers tied it 1-1 at 12:06 when Scott Laughton set up Brandon Manning down low. Manning placed a perfect shot past Frederik Andersen to get the Flyers on the board. It was just another example of the terrific work the fourth line has been doing this season.

Jakub Voracek made it 2-1 Flyers when he cut across the crease with a great power move and slid the puck between Andersen’s legs with 1:22 left in the first. Voracek is looking rejuvenated this season and this is the Voracek we all got to know and love in previous seasons. He uses his size and strength to cut to the net and then finishes it off with some slick hands.

Shayne Gostisbehere appeared to be boarded by Leo Komarov on this play, yet no arm was raised. After he assisted on the 3-1 goal, Gostisbehere left the game and didn’t return. The Flyers then put out a tweet saying he is dealing with an upper-body injury. Just baffling that nothing was called on this play. A nasty hit from Komarov that could land him a suspension or a talking to at the very least.

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After killing off 26 seconds of 5-on-3 early in the second period, the Flyers took the lead off a terrific snipe from Valtteri Filppula. Shayne Gostisbehere started the play with a terrific outlet pass to Travis Konecny, who then made a perfect cross-ice feed to Filppula. The shot from Filppula was wicked and beat Andersen right over the glove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nazem Kadri netted his second goal of the night Kadri after Ron Hainsey’s point shot was deflected at the top of the crease by Connor Brown. The rebound went to the side of the net to Kadri for a tap-in.

Claude Giroux made it 4-2 with a perfectly placed wrist shot with under five minutes remaining in the period. The opportunity was made possible after a fantastic outlet pass from Jakub Voracek. Tremendous awareness to know where Giroux was, but also just a disgusting finish from the captain. The Flyers are now 5-0-0 when Giroux scores this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notes/ Takeaways

  • This Shayne Gostisbehere injury is infuriating. The blueliner is having an electrifying start to the season and carrying the offense on the back-end. He’s arguably been the MVP of the season so far and a long-term injury would just be devastating. Hopefully it’s not serious, but the way his head goes into the glass is scary. Doesn’t make sense how that can go undetected.

 

  • Brian Elliott was excellent in goal and that’s exactly what the Flyers needed Saturday. He hasn’t stood out since arriving in Philadelphia and this was the kind of showing he needed to get himself on the right track. Elliott came up with some timely saves and had his best performance as a Philadelphia Flyer.

 

  • The top line is something to behold right now. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were sensational Saturday and both walked away with multi-point efforts. They’re playing inspired hockey and it’s fuelling the team. They began developing a reputation as power-play players last season, but the Flyers have now scored 12 even-strength goals with the Giroux-Couturier-Voracek line on the ice together this season. Sustainability will go a long way with these two this year.

The Flyers return to action Monday against the Coyotes.

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